I wanted to get this trail cam out in the Hillsborough County hurricane flood zone. Its a government controlled area since hurricane Donna hit Tampa in 1960. The locke system is to prevent the city from flooding if another one hits.
You can see this mechanism that will close the river off in a civil emergency.
A powerlines system runs through here that I believe the Skunk Apes use to traverse.
I found an awesome spot with evidence of hog activities to launch the Reconyx. Kevin and I will be back in November to check the results.
This area was still underwater and a swamp. I can only imagine what it looked like in July. We had to get it and there was no turning back. I wadded in the water while Kevin walked across a log. He has better balance. The trail cam did have 150 images but I think we need to send it to the Reconyx corporation for repairs, like we did on trail cam A which works like a charm now.
Looking at how deep the water was we would soon pass
On my way across the swamp watching out for snakes
We headed out yesterday on the first real cold day of the year in Florida to retrieve two Reconyx RC60 covert trail cams. We had deployed them in areas where we knew there was an abundance of wildlife. We were not disappointed. The cameras had been in field for six months (May 13, 2013). Today was November 13, 2012 and we were very glad to find the cameras and that they had functioned properly.
There was one sequence of interest where something seemed to be stalking a flock of birds. The area did fill up with water, and became a total swamp. This was good for the presence of wildlife was massive. Anyway, here is one of the deer and one of many herds of deer that were photographed.
Just a note to let people know that Kevin and I have our trail cams located at awesome spots where there is an abundance of wildlife and natural resources. The Reconyx RC60 cameras we have are covert and hight tech. They are also very expensive ($500 a unit). The ones we have are on loan from a Bigfootresearch project out of Washington state. And that's the problem many 'footers face.
We are doing this on an amateur level. Our funding is low, and out of pocket. Like all working people, we have bills to pay and food to buy. I wish it was different and the trail cams were a great bonus for the research.
Michael Merchant once stated that the problem people have with trial cams not catching a good image of Bigfootis that there are not enough cams in field. It is clearly a needle in a haystack approach at this point. More people and more funding is what is really needed. Perhaps one day we can really upgrade and have about 30 cams located across the State of Florida. Then, we would really increase our odds.
This video is a little longer then the ones I usually do. Many people say they like the longer videos because they feel like they can ride along and see what is happening. Who knows, they have often seen things that we have overlooked. On this vid we were on our way out to the trail cam that had been up for two months. Got some great images of pig and deer. No Bigfoot, however.
I left the key to the Master pad lock at home. I did have the Python adustable locking cable so I fastined that around the base. However, the unit is not as secure as I would like it. Kevin and I will be back Sunday with the right gear and we just may place it deeper into this river complex.
Kevin and I found the cam I had deployed Thursday. I was glad for that. We have just started this project and we don't have all the gear we will need yet.
One of the items we have now are locking devices. This cam was unsecured and vulnerable. Plus, with Kevin's help, we were able to find miles of swamp land near a primitive section of a wild river.
The area is very secluded and very hard to access, which is what I like. To find Bigfoot ...you must think like. Bigfoot. He needs natural resources and seclusion. The footprints leading out of the are shows we are on to something.